I have been reading the letters concerning the article about the KKK's perceived contributions in McLean County ("KKK had local footing," April 6, Page A1). Some were against the article; some were for the narrow history described in the article.
For the record, I was not happy to see the KKK proudly displayed on the front page of a newspaper that I subscribe to, but that is between me and The Pantagraph.
I believe blacks have more to worry about than a long-disbanded group of racists from Central Illinois. Just go to Eastland Mall on a Saturday afternoon or to Miller Park with your family and you will see what I mean.
Martin Luther King wrote, "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
I work at the Bone Student Center and my office is in a very public friendly area of the concourse. I assumed the young blacks that attend Illinois State University would be less ignorant than youth that hang at the mall who tend to be high school students. I hear the N-word and other colorful words yelled so loudly, one cannot ignore them.
There are more good people than bad; unfortunately, the blacks that get the most attention are the ignorant ones. The elders of our community need to put an end to this trend. Whooping needs to make a comeback.
I'm probably going to anger a lot of people, mostly the subjects of my letter, but most of them would not write to The Pantagraph much less read the editorial page. I have decided to take a stand against this "embraced ignorance." I am no longer going to be silent on this matter. The KKK is not as scary as the future of blacks in America.